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Old Sep 15th, 2006, 11:47 AM
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My thanks too Huitres, I never knew about the "numero verde". Fortunatly I have never had a problem but it is sure great to have that number if I ever do. Hope all is well with you and your daughter!!
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Old Sep 17th, 2006, 08:38 AM
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Sometimes I call my bank and sometimes I don't. I travel to Europe once a year for 2-4 weeks. I always make sure my purchases earliest in the trip with all my cards are small purchases. Usually under $25. Never had a problem in the 6 years I've traveled. I use visa and amex.
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Old Sep 19th, 2006, 06:27 PM
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This happened to us while we were on our honeymoon. Luckily, I told DH to bring a 2nd credit card "just in case." The first one got declined due to security measures, but the 2nd one went through. The irony of it is we purchased our honeymoon with the 1st card and yet they gave no problems charging that!!!

Now even if I am just out of the state, I make sure I have more than 1 credit card on hand just in case. As for calling in advance, I won't bother, I'll just call when the card gets declined.
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Old Sep 19th, 2006, 09:59 PM
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I just called US Bank about my forthcoming trip to Rome, as I do each year, giving them dates and places...including where I change planes.

They told me that they have a 24-hour fraud system that will immediatley look at an iffy charge, check the files, and if all is well, like I have told them, let the transaction proceed. All without me or the ATM even knowing it.

I use the debit card for ATM withdrawals every year, and, touch wood, I have never had a problem. Never use my credit cards over there, being a sort of pay-as-I-go kind of guy.
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Old Oct 27th, 2006, 07:14 PM
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I used my Capital One No Hassle card to pay for something in Paris in preparation for my visit in two weeks. I actually called CO to tell them I was making the charge (about $75) since I don't use that card much. Well, the next morning I get an email from the company to whom I gave the cc in payment and they said my card was declined. After being on hold for at least fifteen minutes, I finally got to someone in the CO security department who said calling Customer Service was not good enough even though she saw it in the record and that is why my card was declined. She said I need to establish a pattern - go to Paris once a month??? Anyway they unblocked it but suppose it was a ticket or something like that when a person is not directly involved to send me an email. Sort of a pain - I guess the card shouldn't be named No Hassle!!
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Old Oct 28th, 2006, 04:55 AM
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I've travelled the world over the last thirty odd years with credit cards but last year I was in Bangkok in December and one card was refused on first use. I phoned to find out what was up and they "just wanted to check it was me" using it.

In the past, most cards have relied on profiles.
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